Hand Signals in Double


Welcome back to PingSunday, the best place
to learn table tennis. Today, let’s discuss
about the hand signals for doubles in table tennis. Is it the same for every one? Are there
an convention, a universal signals used by the pro players? And which one should you use? A player from Jakarta, Indonesia: “Dear coach, I’m new in table tennis. I don’t understand all the hand signals
mean. Can you explain it? Thank you” Why doing signals
is important in Doubles? Communication is very important in doubles. When you serve, the next ball returned to
your partner. So your partner should need to know the type
of serve (is it a long serve, a topsin serve, a backspin serve, etc) to prepare the
shot. He will attack or control the next ball, it
depends on your communication. There are 2 types of communication in table
tennis: Talking, and Hand Signals. For the tactics,
the best way is to discuss, to talk with your partner. For the serve, the convient way is doing
the hand signals. Who will give the signals? Who will give the signals? The player who serve can give the signal,
indicating what he intends to do. But in China, it’s different. That’s the partner will do the signals, he
will give the sign that what type of serve he wants. So if Ma Long wants to FH attack the
next ball, he will ask Xu Xin to do the short topspin serve, for example. In most cases the server will indicate the
serve and the partner will change it if they don’t like
the serve. So finally, your partner decide the type of
serve, not you. 🙂
In France, when coaching, I see mostly that the server gives the signal. For me,
the partner should give the signal but not the server. It’s better! Because
will attack the next ball! Convention Hand Signals
in Double Are there any convention signals in table
tennis? In general, each pair will devlop their own
set of signals. And the hand signals could be different! In the US, in France, in Indonesia, in
Germany, in India, in Vietnam, China, etc, there are some small variations. But I would say, there are a universal hand
signals! This server gives the signal to his partner:
I will do a topspin serve. Prepare yourself to attack
the next ball. The ball returned is long. Don’t push the ball. OK? 🙂 Basic Hand Signals
that you should understand So here you are! The basic hand signals in Double that you
should know. In double, players
often serve short serve near the middle line (the safest way) at the pro level. And please hide
your signal under the table 🙂 Don’t show it to the opponent. (LOL). Number 1: Both players thumb up. (LOL). Do it only when you win the match. 😀 The fist means no spin server Little finger means short backspin server Index Down for Backspin Serve (Pro level) Thumb means short topspin serve Top sidespin to the left Topsidespin to the right Pointer finger means long backspin serve Fast, Long serve with topspin –
Index=Long – Thumb=Short Topspin
– Little=Short Underspin – Fist=No Spin So that it for today. What is the most common hand signals that
you often use in your country. I really want to know. Please comment below. See you, coach EmRatThich.

17 thoughts on “Hand Signals in Double

  1. For me, if I use my pointer finger and turn it in the direction I intend on spinning if I am doing a sidespin serve, then flick the wrist either forward or backwards to indicate long/short

  2. Well with the fist and the thumb i agree, i use them too.
    But for short and long underspin i point with my index finger straight down or right to the opponents, of course under the table. On this way i show long and short.
    Same with the thumb. if it goes straight up it is short and more foreward it is long.

    Side spin is right with showing more left and more right.

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